The 2018 World Cup qualifier between Nigeria and Zambia promises to be explosive, if past confrontations are anything to go by. ’TANA AIYEJINA takes a historical look at both teams and what could be in the battle of Ndola, in this report
The Super Eagles can boast of winning the Africa Cup of Nations three times and attending five World Cups. But not when they have a fixture against Zambia’s Chipolopolo, who have just one African title to their name and no appearance at the World Cup.
Both countries have met a further 15 times since their first clash in 1973, with the Eagles triumphing on six occasions while the Zambians have won five times.
Even though the Nigerians boast a slight edge over their southern African counterparts, they would agree that the battles between both sides have always been titanic.